Creative Workspaces

Dear Fellow Journalers,

What kind of room do you write in or craft? Do you write at night or craft by day? Do you craft on your dining room table or write in your car?

When I was designing my craft spaces, I chose our son’s old playroom to be The Craft Room. It had yellow painted walls (my favorite color) and 2 windows. I placed my crafting table under one window so I could look out at the scenery and put blue gingham curtains on the rods. Various cabinets and bookcases share the space as well. I try hard to keep everything labeled and organized but like all crafters, sometimes my crafting takes precedence and my organization goes out the window.

This is what I’m striving for:


My Thinking/Writing space, although next door to The Crafting Space is totally different. I knew I needed a comfortable space filled with things that inspire and stimulate me, so I chose to keep the wood-paneled walls. The one window is draped in a nautical print and I have my rocking chair near by flanked by a desk and coloring book station. My die-cutter sits against the opposite wall with a bookcase filled with magazines and items I have made

I do need a thinking/planning/memo board where I can put clipped notes on – anyone got ideas for that project?

Every few months  I take some time to look at my spaces and re-evaluate them to see it they still reflect my vision and support what I am doing.

So I’m curious: what kind of creative workspace do you have?

‘Til next time,



Word Ghosts speak of love


“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.”

Nicholas Sparks – ‘The Notebook’

Word Ghosts and the world


“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau

Being open

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you live with curiosity?

When I was in college, one of my courses was Philosophy. Sometimes I found the concepts hard to understand, but I knew that I didn’t just exist (on earth) I also existed in my mind. I didn’t just drift through life, letting things/events happen to me. I had a right , my professor insisted, to decide how I would exist. I had to decide to be open to the world I lived in.

Being open can be hard. Being closed off from new ideas is comfortable, easy and not full of challenges. Not exactly the way we creative persons want to live. To be open is to live with a sense of curiosity, where every moment is an opportunity for learning, seeing things both as they really are and how they could be. Being open means that I expand my mind to new medias of expression in drawing, prose, poetry, charts, personal growth, inner child work and my potential.

One of my new resolutions is to take more classes from crafting “experts” both via the traditional and on-line u-tube formats.

I decided to use sketches in my journal and experiment with color. I also added my thoughts about the ideas and my feelings about my progress.

‘Til next time,


Word Ghosts and creativity


“Creativity could be described as letting go of certainities.”

Gail Sheehy

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